Speaking via Twitter, Crvena Zvezda winger Osman Bukari responded to criticism of his celebration after scoring for Ghana at the World Cup in Qatar against Portugal.
The 23-year-old attacker headed home Ghana’s second late in the game to make it 3-2 in the Group H loss to Portugal, and celebrated by copying Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous celebration. Ronaldo had already performed the celebration during the game after giving his side the lead from the penalty spot, becoming the first man to score at five World Cups.
Some deemed the Ghanaian’s celebration ‘disrespectful’ to his 37-year-old opponent, who recently left Manchester United after giving a scathing interview to Piers Morgan in which he heavily criticised United and his coach Erik Ten Hag. Bukari, however, defended himself, writing:
‘I have noticed my celebration today has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful towards Ronaldo. This is incorrect. I was overcome by the emotion of the moment of scoring for my country on my World Cup debut leading to my celebration. My upbringing doesn’t permit me to be disrespectful to elders let alone one of my idols. Thanks for your support and we focus on our next game!’